The controversial pilot scheme that relaxes Scotland Yard's attitude
towards cannabis possession has been criticised by the head of the
US drug enforcement administration for increasing drug usage.

Asa Hutchinson, director of the DEA, said that the scheme in
Lambeth, south London, had led to a rise in cannabis users and led
children to believe it was legal.

The pilot programme, which has been running since July last year,
means people caught with cannabis are given on the spot warnings,
rather than being cautioned, arrested and possibly charged. An
interim study carried out during the first six months of the scheme
indicated it had been a success and led to it being extended. This
is seen as a sign that the commissioner, Sir John Stevens, is keen
for it to roll out across the capital.


Pubdate: Wed, 19 Jun 2002
Source: Guardian, The (UK)
Copyright: 2002 Guardian Newspapers Limited
Author: Colin Blackstock, Guardian
Bookmarks: (Cannabis - United Kingdom) (Hutchinson, Asa)